Some people under estimate the importance of the “about me” or the “personal statement” part of a resume. Thinking that once the employer gets to my resume they’re gonna be impressed!
When the truth is, that’s the first thing that an employer is going to look at. In fact, you’ll double your chances of being picked for having the skill it takes to impress them in only 100 words!
We all have that superhero side to us where we’re just great at something or the other, you just need to be in the right SuperYou mind-set (or even dress like Superman) to be aware of it
Susannah, a contributor to online Forbes, suggests you “[t]hink of “you” as a superhero version of yourself. Make a list of your best qualities. Dress the way SuperYou would dress. Talk the way SuperYou would talk. Be SuperYou.”
Now if all you’ve got is 100 words then essentially you have about 2 paragraphs to describe SuperYou. Which means you have to choose each word very carefully because with these 2 paragraphs the reader future employer should know exactly who you are, your ambitions, motivations and your uniqueness.
Couple an impressive personal statement with a professional resume (build one for free with InternsME) and a unique visume and you’ve just dramatically increased your chances of landing your first job.
As it really is all basically just a word-game, we’ve prepared a cheat sheet for you!
Simply divide your personal statement into 3 parts and use the list of keywords below to make your statement punchy and powerful.
1. Academic Achievements: As a student or fresh grad, you should open your statement with stories of glorious accolades. Give a mention to your academic, co-curricular and sports achievements to really highlight exactly what you are good at from the get-go.
Keyword examples: Scholarship Holder, Football Captain, Gold Medalist, President Events Society, Editor College Magazine, developed student database, published articles online etc.
2. Career Goals: Follow your opening statement with a passionate description of your career objectives. What you’re looking to do, in which industry and why. If you mismatch here, you’ll miss opportunities out there!
Keyword examples: Gain experience in managing exclusive events, launch a successful career in banking, complete an internship to build professional skills in advertising, undertake an entry-level position in graphic designing to kick-start my career etc.
3. Core Values & Beliefs: Your statement should end with a glimpse into your life-values and beliefs. Use this line to leave a lasting impact on the employers. This is your selling point so dig deep, show them what makes you, you.
Example Keywords: Honesty, Hard work, Integrity, Achievement, Trust, Compassion, Aim, Commitment, Determination, Success etc.
There is actually a lot that superheroes (The Avengers) can teach us about the workplace, if you don’t believe us read this
So make sure you put on your SuperYou costume that’s going to bring out the best in you while writing your personal statement!
Need more tips? Check out more on writing personal statements in our Resources section.